Woman testifies she was afraid Bauer would seek her out

LOS ANGELES – A woman seeking a five-year restraining order against Trevor bauer He testified Wednesday that the satisfaction he expressed to friends when the case was first made public was a reaction to his treatment by the media, not happiness that he was managing to hurt the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher.

“It felt good not to be embarrassed as a prostitute from the beginning,” said the 27-year-old from San Diego, who alleges Bauer strangled her unconscious and repeatedly beat her in two sexual encounters earlier this year.

Bauer’s attorney, Shawn Holley, when questioning the woman who was on the witness stand in Los Angeles Superior Court for the third day, read the text messages the woman had sent to her friends when the court documents were released. presented for the first time at the end of June. Holley’s questioning suggested that she was not seeking protection, but to hurt Bauer.

“The media is going crazy. On my side,” read one of the woman’s text messages. “It’s the best I could have hoped for.”

Holley asked, “What does the crazed media have to do with your security?”

The woman replied that she had felt that Bauer’s team had embarrassed her with their statement saying that everything that had happened between the two was totally consensual, and was happy to see that the media and the public on social media were not attacking her. she.

The woman was granted a temporary restraining order until a hearing and evidence could be held, as is common in such cases.

A few days after he filed the documents, Major League Baseball put Bauer, 30, on paid administrative leave that has been extended through Friday. MLB is investigating the allegations and Bauer could face punishment under baseball’s domestic violence policy. Police in Pasadena, California, where Bauer lives and where the two spent nights together in April and May, are also investigating.

Bauer, who is fighting the restraining order, sat in court and listened to the woman’s testimony, occasionally taking notes and consulting with her attorneys, but showing no visible reaction. He is expected to take the stand later in the hearing, which will continue on Thursday and could be extended further.

Holley, Bauer’s attorney, asked the woman why she felt she needed protection from Bauer when he hadn’t contacted her in nearly a month when she applied for the warrant.

“That’s what worried me,” the woman replied, saying that Bauer’s silence after constantly monitoring her in the days after the second incident made her fear that he was planning something and that he might look for her in San Diego.

“Did you have any reason to believe I was going to go to your house 130 miles away?” Holley asked.

“Yes, I did,” he said.

Holley also pointed out lies that the woman acknowledged telling her closest friends in text messages when and where the meetings with Bauer occurred.

The woman said a friend had warned her not to go to Bauer’s house in Pasadena, so she told her that the first meeting happened in San Diego. Another friend was one of her bosses, the woman said, and she had to lie about the timing of Bauer’s second night because she had reported sick.

Holley also asked the woman why she had acknowledged in messages that she was watching Bauer’s games despite saying she wanted nothing to do with him.

“You’ve previously testified that you had to delete all your communications with him, but you still wanted to see him pitch, right?” Holley asked.

“Possibly,” the woman replied.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who claim to have been victims of sexual assault.

Bauer agreed to a three-year, $ 102 million contract to join his hometown Dodgers earlier this year after winning his first Cy Young with the Cincinnati Reds last season.